Khaleel Datay is a second generation South African with roots in Murud, Janjira over 225km south-west of Mumbai, India, where his forebears served the ruling sultans for successive generations. This, to a large extent, laid the foundation for his debut novel, THE WINTER DECEPTION.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Cape Town South Africa. Having come through the worst years of apartheid and seeing this country blossom into a democracy has had a profound effect on my life. There can be no denying that we are shaped by our experiences when we grow up and it therefore comes as no surprise that I write about racial conflict and political intrigue.
When did you first start writing?
About three years ago. I'd just exited from a long term business partnership to devote more of my time to those things that you never get around to doing.
A cell phone trader is killed on a steamy Friday night in Mumbai.
A beautiful tennis star is brutally attacked and tortured in Cape Town.
And someone is out to kill Winter with a deadly Sikh cultural weapon.
Sent to India to find an Al Qaeda terrorist, Winter looked forward to an easy payday, short skirts at the tennis, and international cricket.
Introducing Nick Winter, former MI6 consultant.